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Concord offers year-round activities for the entire family. Even young children will be amazed by the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, and the Museum of NH History has exhibits for both children and adults. In nearby Allenstown, Bear Brook State Park offers hiking, fishing, bicycling, and a large play area for outdoor activities. Kayak and canoe trips are operated by the Contoocook River Canoe Company, and the NH Audubon Society has guided hikes and nature tours, as well as multi-day packages. Culture is a large part of the area’s appeal, with the Capitol Center for the Arts’ year round performances of opera, music, and theater. Winter ...

Concord offers year-round activities for the entire family. Even young children will be amazed by the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, and the Museum of NH History has exhibits for both children and adults. In nearby Allenstown, Bear Brook State Park offers hiking, fishing, bicycling, and a large play area for outdoor activities. Kayak and canoe trips are operated by the Contoocook River Canoe Company, and the NH Audubon Society has guided hikes and nature tours, as well as multi-day packages. Culture is a large part of the area’s appeal, with the Capitol Center for the Arts’ year round performances of opera, music, and theater. Winter activities can be found nearby at one of two local ski areas: Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford and Pats Peak in Henniker. Both offer ski and snowboard rentals and activities for the whole family. Concord also offers a nice variety of restaurants, especially traditional Indian cuisine. When planning your trip, be aware of major area events like Laconia’s annual motorcycle week and NASCAR weekends at Loudon Speedway which cause serious traffic delays.

Lura Seavey
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Lura Seavey is the author of Fun with the Family in Vermont and New Hampshire and she has contributed to several Thomas Cook guidebooks, including Drive Around Catalonia, Travellers Mallorca, and Travellers Barcelona.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Year-round; skiing in winter, hiking and nature in spring and summer, and excellent foliage in autumn